Mr. T's StoryTime Blog!

the spot for what's happening…

No StoryTime tommorrow : (

Sorry folks, me n’ Miss Karrie (of PreSchool fame) are going to a Youth Services meeting on Wednesday, February 1st…so all story times are cancelled for that day.

Dang : (

The good news is that we’ll hopefully have tons of cool new songs/rhymes/craft ideas to share with all of you once we get back.  We haven’t been to one of these in quite a while (in fact, I’ve never been), so we’re excited to share our awesome experiences just as much as hearing other folks’ tales.

As a parting gift, I offer you the most tantalizing compilation of kitty cat videos on the Internet (set to “Jump” by Van Halen, of course), enjoy…I think!

Leave a comment »

Be sure to watch QC Library’s calendar!!

Hi again, I just wanted to remind folks that StoryTimes at the library will be juggled a little bit, so for the most up-to-date times & such, your best bet is to check with the library’s online “calendar of events” before every week: http://www.mcldaz.org/library/userdef/branches/ud_mcld_branch_QC.aspx 

Just as a side-note, on Wednesday of this week, we officially rocked the house by doing our first “run” under the parachute.  This activity has been a bit touchy for me because it’s a bit unprecedented for the Queen Creek Branch’s ToddlerTime…so I need to be really careful or I won’t be able to do it anymore.

Part of being careful is not risking little ones bumping into each other by running underneath the parachute during our “activity” portion of StoryTime.  So, w/ the caveat of “enter at your own risk” & “grown-ups w/ little, little, little ones may want to step back before we do the run”, we actually attempted the stunt!

And guess what?  It went really well!  No collisions, lost limbs, bumped heads, or tears of any sort!  In fact, I look forward to making “the run” a part of our normal line-up starting next month.  So RIGHT ON, to all those grown-ups who helped me get the crowd under control!

Oh, and also for next month, I hope to change our song line-up a bit…please let me know what tunes you’d want to sing & unless it’s really wacky, I’d be happy to give it a shot.  For now, I’m thinking let’s keep the repetitiveness of “Hello and how are you” & “Goodbye, goodbye” (I’m trying to tackle an acoustic Beatles cover as we speak) and maybe ditch the “Hokey Pokey” (in part because I keep goofing the words!).  And…let’s replace “Two Little Black Birds” with “Old MacDonald”.

This means more guitar & less finger-plays, so we’ll see how it goes!  As always, all comments are welcome & your input is appreciate, whether it be positive or negative.  All will be used to build a better StoryTime! 

Cheers,

Leave a comment »

Jan. 24th & 25th

Hey everyone!

I hope each & every one of you has had a great week & a great library experience so far.  I am truly blessed to be able to hold StoryTimes for y’all, so thanks so much! 

Anywho, this week we read The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle.  This book has some deeper meaning, from GoodReads: [the book pays homage to] Blue Rider (Blaue Reiter), created by painter Franz Marc (1880-1916), emulating Marc’s creations of fancifully colored animals, making this a celebration of the artistic spirit.

And I’m sure most of you are familiar with Eric Carle…if not, check-out his site if haven’t already, it’s pretty awesome: http://www.eric-carle.com/home.html

If I wasn’t sick the past week (I know…the first of the season), I might have done a more in-depth presentation of the story…but it seemed to go alright, so I might just keep to the basics & do another Eric Carle tale next month : )

Happy reading & thanks again for the support!!

Leave a comment »

Jan. 17th & 18th

Hi everyone!!

This week was our second romp of the spring & I have to say, everything is going surprising well!  Not that I thought disaster would strike the StoryTime room or anything, but because I was trying so many new things (like the PowerPoint, the guitar, & the parachute rather than the craft), I was a little nervous…

Sheesh, who am I kidding?  I was A LOT nervous!

But all seemed well this week – seriously, if you ever have suggestions/comments I’d love to hear them, otherwise, you’re going to keep getting what you’re getting : )

We read Who Hops? by Katie Davis, which is more of an interactive story (at least for me) where kids have a chance to pretend “hop, fly, slither, swim, & crawl”!  Wednesday’s crowd was w-a-y more rambunctious than Tuesday’s, so I hope everyone still had a good time.  Wednesday’s group was a big one, sold out @ 50 living bodies in the room, which made parachuting very interesting.  Hopefully no one was scared-off or made to feel uncomfortable!

Next week, I’ll try to expand that “activity” section of StoryTime so that it’s not so c-r-a-z-y!

Also on Wednesday, I ran out of DIY Crafts…my apologies!  Here are the links to Katie Davis’ downloadables; her website is http://katiedavis.com/:

Eyes; Frog; FrogParts; HopsMatchingGame; LaughingElephantColoring; StorytimeColoringPg

I’ll leave these up @ least until next month, but just know that I’ve only been picking titles that have author websites w/ craft ideas, so when all else fails, you can always find the materials on their websites.

Cheers & thank you to all who have supported me along the way!

Leave a comment »

Jan. 10th & 11th

Hey-a!

This week was our first time back from our winter break – I hope that everyone had a good one!  So, I tried a few new things with this StoryTime…

First of all, I’d like to give a huge shout-out (did I just type “shout-out”?) to Miss Tara, Perry Library’s StoryTimer extraordinaire!  If you get a chance to visit that branch, @ Queen Creek & Val Vista, please do so…it’s totally worth it for all the laughs & learning.  Also, I’d like to personally thank Miss Sarah for taking me under her wing as her bright-eyed padawan & showing me the ways of educating/entertaining toddlers!

Anyway, after picking up some very useful tactics from Miss Karrie (PreSchool StoryTimer) & Miss Lizzie (Teen Librarian) at our own branch, I’ve assembled what I think is a more comfortable story time line-up, at least for my talents.  Which aren’t many, believe you me!

So, we did a lot of songs & kinetic stuff – like “Hokey Pokey”, “If You’re Happy & You Know It”, & “Two Little Black Birds”.  By the way, for cool tutorials on how to play these numbers from Mahalo, check-out these links: &

I hope to do these same songs throughout the month, plus two extras – “Hello & How Are You?” (by the Wiggleworms) & “Goodbye”.  These are both adaptations from existing songs that I hope to get through to the kids via repetition.  Sorry in advance if you don’t like them…just keep bearing with me!  Here’s more info about Wiggleworms: http://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/wiggleworms-love-you

The book we did this week was Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea.  Honestly, I wish I could do this book every week…it’s so…well, library-ish!  But I don’t think the crowd (or my boss) would appreciate that.  If you’re unfamiliar with the title, check it out here: http://disney.go.com/official-sites/dinosaur-vs/library

Another change was the “craft” portion, or absence of it during StoryTime.  What I did was instead of sacrificing 15 minutes of our precious morning to do something most folks can do at home, I printed out materials by the author…hopefully, so that parents could do just that, do the craft at home.  I hope to do this as often as I can, because it freed up a lot of time for a far more engaging activity…the PARACHUTE!  (For a list of Dinosaur vs. the Library printables, check-out this link: http://disney.go.com/official-sites/dinosaur-vs/extras).

So yeah, the parachute was super-fun & also mentally/physically stimulating.  By covering concepts like “high & low”, “fast & slow”, and the magic/science of gravity…I think it was a terrific success.  (I hope to do this activity every week as well!)

It truly warmed my heart to see the young ones have such a great time.  Some parents even took the time to offer me kind words of encouragement, which totally made my day…or more like year!  I’ve never felt as comfortable doin StoryTimes as I did that day.  Thank you all for the support & I can’t wait until next week…when we’ll ask the ever-asked question, “Who Hops?”

Cheers!

Leave a comment »

Hi All!

Hey everyone…I’m the new “story time” dude at the Queen Creek Library, taking over for the much loved Miss Sarah (who is now home taking care of new baby boy, Sam).  I’m very, very excited to be taking over the ToddlerTime program (which falls on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the most part), but Miss Sarah left quite a legacy behind, so bear with me as I try to catch up & fill shoes/whatnot…

Before I forget, the latest info on the dates/times of my StoryTimes can be found on the Maricopa County Library District’s website, under “Queen Creek Branch” then “Calender of Events”: http://mcldaz.org/library/userdef/branches/ud_mcld_branch_QC.aspx

Just to let you know a little about me – I’ve worked in public libraries for almost seven years, handling everything from shelving books, to helping at the front desk, and coordinating volunteers to holding computer classes.  One thing I’ve never tackled is presenting a real-life StoryTime…but I’ve been blessed with such an opportunity in my current position, so I thought, “Why not?”

Well, little did I know how demanding & rewarding the experience can be…all at once, I’ve been deep-fried in kid’s authors, songs, & activities.  How bountifully entertaining & educational this world is!  After taking over for Miss Sarah, I thought that this Spring would be a nice time to try something new with the “traditional” line-up.  But soon, I learned that there’s actually no such thing as a “traditional” story time at all!

So where are we now?  This is the first week of QC’s StoryTime schedule & I’ve put together what I think is the right combo of songs/stories for my abilities.  While I’m not a huge blogger, I find myself really anxious to share these great ideas that I’m coming across online & in conversations with other StoryTimers.  This site will mainly be an outlet for me to share all this cool stuff & review what we’ve covered in the week’s StoryTimes.

If you have any comments/suggestions for me, please don’t hesitate to use this blog as a vent.  I’ll make every attempt to address concerns timely & effectively, plus, I just might learn a thing or two!  Thanks for your time & interest – long live a child’s spirit through story & song!

P.S. Miss Sarah’s original blog may be found here: http://misssarahstorytimes.wordpress.com/

Leave a comment »